Greece’s Tourism Minister, Vasilis Kikilias, has said in an interview with capital.gr that he expects a significant boost to Greek tourism this year from Chinese and Australian travellers.
Minister Kikilias requested extra flights for Chinese travellers who “travel all year round,” and stressed that he also expects “strong tourist flows from Australia” with the opening of a new office of the Greek National Tourism Organisation (EOT) in Melbourne, Victoria.
This interview comes as Greece’s Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, discussed the current tourism season on Monday.
During the meeting, Mitsotakis said his government’s main tourism target had been met – that is, the extension of the tourism period beyond the summer months.
“Revenues of the state budget that derive from tourism have also exceeded the initial targets set by the finance ministry,” Mitsotakis added.
The Greek Prime Minister also mentioned his government’s two main election priorities: (1) sustainability of the tourism product, and (2) working in tourism and “making it possible for all to have the same dividend of success” from the growth of the tourism product.